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[ir-i-spek-tiv] /ˌɪr ɪˈspɛk tɪv/
without regard to something else, especially something specified; ignoring or discounting (usually followed by of):
Irrespective of my wishes, I should go.
Origin of irrespective
1630-40; ir-2 + respective
Related forms
irrespectively, adverb Unabridged
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  • If I profit on the transaction of buying 1000 quarters of wheat for gold, I do so irrespectively of all other exchanges by others.

  • And then individually to himself, Kenelm, irrespectively of the Three Fishes,—what a humiliation!

    Kenelm Chillingly, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • This seems to show how potent are the conditions of life, irrespectively of the variations being in any way beneficial.

  • irrespectively of the evidence in this case you would not have thought him to be a man likely to commit such a crime?

    Phineas Redux Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for irrespectively


(preposition) irrespective of, without taking account of; regardless of
(informal) regardless; without due consideration: he carried on with his plan irrespective
Derived Forms
irrespectively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for irrespectively



1620s (implied in irrespectively), "disrespectful," from assimilated form of in- (1) "not, opposite of" + respective. Meaning "without taking account of (something)" is from 1690s. Main modern use is adverbial ("irrespective of"), attested from 1839.

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